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  1. Minion Rocks
    August 19, 2015

    Thank you Scotty.  Helped me out with a custom chandelier!  One note – Try to use string with the least amount of stretch you can get.  Also, using uneven tension on your pencil while marking, can throw your dimensions off slightly.  Depends on how picky you are with your dims.  Great trick though!

    January 4, 2016

    Nice Video up until you started drawing the oval. I could not tell what you were doing because I could not see the string. Should have used dark string maybe?

  3. Dennis Pahanic
    January 22, 2016

    That's an amazing piece of folk engineering!

  4. Red Clay
    January 24, 2016

    Oh no ! I cannot see the drawing it was to bright to see.

  5. Andy edge
    March 9, 2016

    Nice !

  6. rick from richmond
    March 15, 2016

    would be nice if he help up the board so we could see the finished oval.

  7. Holly Morgan
    April 1, 2016

    Thank you; did the trick nicely. If I was to reshoot this video, though, I'd use a felt-tip pen so the oval would be visible to viewers.

  8. SuperPhilthyrich
    April 20, 2016

    Nice! Thanks!

  9. Vicki k Gibson
    August 16, 2016

    Now that is a nifty trick, and one I can use in my studio to make template ovals….yeah!!!!! Thanks I will keep this informations…your Dad rocked!!!!!:)

  10. Romelia Polly
    December 5, 2016

    Great to see that woodprix has new instructions to save my money and energy to build it.

  11. Romelia Darosa
    January 1, 2017

    so i made it too . just by using woodprix woodworking plans:)

  12. robert selsor
    February 1, 2017

    Thanks a lot,I had the diagram of that technique from a sign painter but he failed to explain it,this will make life a lot easier.

  13. Corkey no2
    February 15, 2017

    Or just print one off XD

  14. Romelia Polly
    April 16, 2017

    I bought excellent handbook from Woodprix website. Just google Woodprix and start your journey to the better life

  15. I. RIVERA
    April 21, 2017

    That was neat!

  16. Spongeworthy
    May 13, 2017

    thank you so much. i was trying to layout an oval 24" by 60" today to make a template and i just couldn't get it to look like a geometrically correct oval. thanks to you now i know how.

  17. Romelia Darosa
    June 6, 2017

    You can learn more about it on Woodprix website I think.

  18. Super Man
    June 7, 2017

    Great effort! Use of a colored string and a Sharpie would have been a much better visual for viewers. A white string and piece of chalk on a black background would have worked, too.

  19. delmont223
    July 13, 2017

    I've been in the sign business over 45 years.  Started out as a snapper. A math teacher was watching me do a window one day I and it did an oval exactly like you do it and he was "amazed" ( his word not mine).  I did it again and he filmed it on his phone. I also snap a perfectly level line on glass by lining up the string with the reflection of the building behind me across the street.  I miss those days, Computers are just no fun.

  20. Romelia Polly
    July 28, 2017

    I bought instruction from Woodprix and I build it very very cheap.

  21. John Buchanan
    July 29, 2017


    August 2, 2017

    Thanks for laying out the steps! I knew the two nails and string trick, but I couldn't figure out how to get the exact dimensions I wanted.

  23. Marilyn I. Rodriguez
    September 11, 2017

    loved it!

  24. duane mcenroe
    October 11, 2017

    You lost me

  25. constantmtn
    October 25, 2017

    The 21" was the Hypotenuse, so half your width is actually 23.7" giving you a total width of 47.4". Should have measured 21" from the center point out.

  26. BeingRomans829ed
    November 27, 2017

    Pretty dang cool trick. Neat how measuring your half-lengths from the top nail gives you the correct length string to make the oval of the correct dimensions.

  27. Doyle Metzinger
    January 28, 2018

    I made it by myself. I used wood prix scripts for that.

  28. John Jucarta
    January 31, 2018

    I think, You need to take some time and go to woodprix website to learn how to make it.

  29. Dan West
    February 3, 2018

    You know I just got done watching 5 videos showing how to draw an ellipse with a compas and I love math especially geometry. BUT, I just stumbled onto your video which I do have listed on my favorites list and I remembered you right off the bat when I saw you come up next on the showings. Every day and all day long give me that good ol' country boy and they will cut through all the garbage and show you things that we all walk away saying to ourselves: "Did you see that? How in the heck did he do that?" As I was watching these other drawing videos of ellipses I was thinking of the guy (you) that showed me how it is done with some nails and a string, no matter what the size. And there you were. I will never forget you for that very good peace of simple down home commonsense problem solving methods. BRAVO to you Sir.

  30. roopesh kumar
    March 9, 2018

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  31. roopesh kumar
    March 9, 2018

    wood chair droing size

  32. Sorsha Sorsha
    March 14, 2018

    you are the ONLY person on YouTube that specifies how to use specific measurements which is what I need to use so thank you very much for the re-education of something I used years ago, but forgot how to do it!

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